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A PREMARITAL AGREEMENT IS A GOOD IDEA!!!!!!!!!

Premarital Agreements (PMA):  Not well understood and much maligned.  Persons contemplating marriage are well advised to seek to resolve by agreement certain issues presented by the forthcoming marriage.  The purpose of a PMA is not necessarily to…
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CAN I MAKE HIM/HER PAY MY EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION CLAIM?

No……………..the North Carolina Statute concerning Equitable Distribution  does not allow the prevailing party to “tax” the other party for their attorney’s  fees and costs.  However, if the other party…
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What is Parental Alienation?

I hear people accuse the other party of this all the time.”  He or she is alienating my kids from me”. I usually calmly look at my client  and say, “ok, tell me how”?  Most of the time what I hear is, “I called the ki…
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SHOULD I PAY MY TRAFFIC CITATION ON LINE???

The North Carolina court system allows certain citations to be paid on line.  It advertises: If you don’t have to appear in court for your citation, save time, pay online. Can an individual pay a waivable citation online?  Yes, but should you…
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October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month- What Is Domestic Violence?

While reviewing the North Carolina General Statute 50B-1 which defines domestic violence, it occurred to me the definition is not the clearest. Let’s take a minute to look more closely at the domestic violence statute (N.C.G.S. 50B-1). First domest…
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10 Ways To Manage The Cost of Divorce

1- Be realistic. This is the easiest and most important thing you can do. Tell your attorney what your goals and concerns are. Then ask him/her to give you an honest and objective assessment of how realistic the goals are, and what are likely and rea…
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Ignition Interlock Device (IID)- Will I be requiured to have one?

An Ignition Interlock Device, sometimes called an IID, can be ordered in cases where a driver was convicted of driving while impaired and had blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 or higher.  Offenses such as the operation of a commercial vehicle; s…
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Simple Separation and Property Settlement Agreement Myth

If you have been told that there are such things as simple Separation and Property Settlement Agreements, then you have been misled.  I ask you, was your marriage simple?  Well if you believe untangling the legal consequences of a marriage are simp…
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The Power In A Power Of Attorney

Often overlooked in estate planning is the Durable Power of Attorney, which is perhaps better understood as a “Business Power of Attorney.”  It is a relatively simple document and usually much less expensive than a will but can have enor…
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I want to get on with my life! What exactly is an expunction?

An expunction is an order entered by the Court which removes all information from a criminal record. The effect of an expunction is simple; the criminal record/event that is connected to your name no longer exists.  You are allowed, even under oath,…
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